CLOSING DATE: Position Immediately Available and Closed When Filled
OVERVIEW: Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas (LANWT) seeks a dynamic, self-starting individual who has vision, initiative, and a demonstrated commitment and passion for public interest law to apply for fellowship positions within our organization. In addition to providing representation in civil legal matters under the supervision of experienced LANWT attorneys, the successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to identifying and taking advantage of opportunities for strategic advocacy and to engaging in outreach to and collaboration with low-income persons and community groups that are made up of or serve the indigent population.
Fellowship positions are an integral part of LANWT's client delivery system. In the past, LANWT has hosted fellows from national, state, and local fellowship programs including Equal Justice Works and the Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps programs, the University of Texas Justice Corps, the State Bar of Texas Family Law Fellowship project and various private foundations. Current and past fellows have made significant differences in the communities they serve and many fellows remain with LANWT long after their fellowships have ended.
While LANWT will consider fellowship proposals spanning a wide array of substantive issue areas and geographic regions, we have identified the following priorities for this upcoming fellowship cycle:
West Texas/rural projects (all issue areas)
DESCRIPTION: LANWT is a non-profit public interest law firm that provides high-quality free civil legal services to low-income persons in 114 counties in North and West Texas. LAWNT offices delivers civil legal services to the poor in a diverse, dynamic, and challenging city and in several neighboring rural counties.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The fellow must be able to handle all aspects of litigation including the ability to gather evidence, advise clients about their rights, draft legal documents, and conduct civil lawsuits. The fellow must interview clients and witnesses with cultural competence, as well as handle other tasks in representing clients. The fellow will represent clients in court and before quasi-judicial or administrative agencies of government. The Fellow will also interpret laws, rulings, and regulations for clients and the client community. The fellow will provide legal assistance in areas of general civil law which may include one or more of the following: housing, consumer, family/DV, barrier removal, community development, environmental justice, elder law, probate, youth rights, special education, public benefits and bankruptcy.
The fellow must also design and implement outreach and community legal education. The fellow works closely with the community and low-income community groups to further LANWT's mission of reducing poverty by providing equitable access to the civil justice system. The fellow may supervise and coordinate activities of legal support staff, clerical staff, volunteers, or student workers. In short, the fellow is expected to efficiently handle a caseload involving substantial litigation and other justice-related advocacy, periodically attend evening legal clinics, establish meaningful relationship with community organizations, and devise and participate in community legal education programs and outreach offered by LANWT.
In fulfilling this mission, the fellow will provide high-quality representation to indigent clients in accordance with LANWT's policies and procedures and with an attorney's responsibilities under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, the Texas Lawyer's Creed, and the American Bar Association's Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services to the Poor.
Licensed to practice law in Texas or eligible within four months of the commencement of a fellowship.
Prior legal services, public interest, or volunteer experience serving low-income persons strongly preferred.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Fluent in Spanish both verbal and written is preferred.
Excellent attendance record.
Ability to engage in occasional work-related travel.
SALARY: Current entry-level salary for a new law school graduate/fellow is $45,000 per year. The salary for the successful applicant may be higher, based on applicant's years of experience.
BENEFITS: Excellent benefits package that includes paid vacation and holidays; a retirement plan; health, dental, and life insurance.
Please submit a cover letter expressing interest, a resume, and three professional references during the application process.
LEGAL AID OF NORTHWEST TEXAS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
VETERANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY
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